Being a huge fan of stand-up comedy…..for the simple reason that the greatest stand-up comics are also at the top of my list of all time funny comedians…..which is absolutely no surprise because if you can be funny wile all by yourself on stage…..then most likely you can be funny in any other medium of comedy…..whether it’s performing in a comedy skit or appearing in a comedy movie or starring in a comedy television special or simply giving a funny response to an interviewer’s question…..any way you cut the pie, funny is funny…..and today’s feature post is our ImaSportsPhile tribute to a truly funny man who made so many people laugh….for he was a very funny man. I really didn’t get turned on to Redd Foxx until 1965…..when I went to college at The University of Texas in Austin…..for this was when I was freed from the confines of a strong Christian home…..where we didn’t cuss or tell dirty jokes purely out of respect for Mom…..who probably never uttered a curse word in her life…..albeit, she wasn’t a prude…..but she was very proper, who conducted her life in this manner…..whereas, Redd Foxx was a nightclub comedian…..who loved to tell raunchy jokes with tons of curse words heavily intermingled to add spice to his dirty jokes…..which were extremely funny. The fact remains that during the decade of the 1960’s, Redd Foxx’s comedy routines were too risque and laced with filthy language for network television…..so, unless you were a frequent client of the nightclub circuit around the United States…..then there is a good chance that you never heard of the comedic talents of Redd Foxx…..and you had no idea what a funny man he was unless you were a night person…..which makes us so happy to present this video life story of the incomparable Redd Foxx.
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 1
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 2
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 3
John Elroy Sanford (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), better known by his stage name Redd Foxx, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub act before and during the civil rights movement…..who was known as the “King of the Party Records”…..when he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime….. plus, he portrayed Fred G. Sanford on the television show Sanford and Son…..and starred in The Redd Foxx Show and The Royal Family. His film projects included All the Fine Young Cannibals in 1960…..Cotton Comes to Harlem in 1970….. Norman… Is That You? in 1976…..and Harlem Nights in 1989.
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 4
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 5
Comedy – 1978 – HBO On Location Special – “Redd Foxx: This Is Funny Stuff!” – Part 6
In 2004, Foxx ranked 24th in Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time…..as Foxx not only influenced many comedians…..but was often portrayed in popular culture as well…..which was mainly as a result of his catchphrases, body language and facial expressions exhibited on Sanford and Son. During the show’s five-year run, Foxx won a Golden Globe Award…..and received an additional three nominations…..along with three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Foxx was posthumously given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1992.
Comedy – 1935 To 1991 – Special – “The Comedy of Redd Foxx” – Compiled From His Record Albums
John Elroy Sanford was born on December 9, 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri…..and raised in Chicago’s South Side. His father, Fred “Freddie” Sanford, was from Hickman, Kentucky….. and served during World War I in the 823rd company of U.S. Transportation Corps. His father worked as an electrician and auto mechanic…..but left his family sometime after 1930…..so, Redd was raised by his half-Seminole Indian mother, Mary Hughes, from Ellisville, Mississippi…..along with his grandmother and his minister. Foxx attended DuSable High School in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with future Chicago mayor Harold Washington. Foxx had two older brothers, Fred Jr…..who provided the name for his character on Sanford and Son…..and Leonard who died shortly after his birth in 1921. On July 27, 1939, Foxx performed on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show as part of the Jump Swinging Six.
Comedy – Record Album – 1969 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: Jokes I Can’t Tell On Television”
In the 1940’s, he befriended Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X, a fellow dishwasher at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack in Harlem…..as both men had reddish hair…..so Sanford was called “Chicago Red” after his hometown….. and Malcolm was known as “Detroit Red”. In Malcolm’s autobiography, Foxx is referred to as “the funniest dishwasher on this earth.” During World War II, Foxx dodged the draft by eating half a bar of soap before his physical, a trick that resulted in heart palpitations. On September 30, 1946, Foxx recorded five songs for the Savoy label under the direction of Teddy Reig.
Comedy – Record Album – 1956 – Volume 1 – “Redd Foxx: Laff Of The Party”
Comedy – Record Album – 1968 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: Where It’s At”
Comedy – Record Album – 1965 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: Spice Can Be Nice”
Comedy – Record Album – 1965 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: The Best of 28 Minutes of Bull****”
Foxx’s raunchy nightclub act proved successful. After performing on the East Coast, his big break came after singer Dinah Washington insisted that he come to Los Angeles, where Dootsie Williams of Dootone records caught his act at the Brass Rail nightclub. Foxx was one of the 1st black comics to play to white audiences on the Las Vegas Strip…..when he was signed to a long-term contract…..and released a series of comedy albums on half a dozen record labels that quickly became cult favorites.
Comedy – Record Album – 1969 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: Favorite Party Jokes”
Comedy – Record Album – 1969 – Entire Album – “Redd Foxx: Sly Sex”
Comedy – Record Album – 1967 – Side A – “Redd Foxx: Adults Only”
Comedy – Record Album – 1967 – Side B – “Redd Foxx: Adults Only”
Foxx achieved his most widespread fame starring in the television sitcom Sanford and Son…..which was an adaptation of the BBC series Steptoe and Son…..as Foxx played the role of Fred G. Sanford (“Fred Sanford” was actually Foxx’s father’s and brother’s name)…..while co-star Demond Wilson played the role of his son Lamont. In this sitcom, Fred and Lamont were owners of a junk/salvage store in Watts, California…..who dealt with many humorous situations. The series was notable for its racial humor and overt prejudices…..which helped redefine the genre of black situation comedy. The series premiered on the NBC television network on January 14, 1972, and was broadcast for six seasons. In 1974, Foxx was sued for $10 million by Tandem Productions, producers of the show, for not showing up to start taping the new season. The final episode aired on March 25, 1977.Whitman
Comedy – 1975 – Classic TV Rewind Special – Sanford and Son – Season 3 Episode 9 – “The Engagement: Donna Meets The Sanford Extended Family”
Comedy – 1974 – Classic TV Rewind Special – Sanford and Son – Season 2 Episode 9 – “The Shootout: Lamont Buys An Original Revolutionary War Rifle”
Comedy – 1975 – Classic TV Rewind Special – Sanford and Son – Season 3 Episode 13 – “Wine, Women and Aunt Ester: Fred And Friends Drink After Junior Cooper’s Funeral”
Comedy – 1972 – Classic TV Rewind Special – Sanford and Son – Season 1 Episode 7 – “A Pad For Lamont: Frustrated With Living With Fred and Having No Privacy, Lamont Moves Out and Fred Has A Romantic Dinner”
Comedy – 1973 – Classic TV Rewind Special – Sanford and Son – Season 2 Episode 11 – “Fred Sanford: “I Don’t Want Any Puerto Ricans Living in My House!”
Comedy – 1972 To 1977 – Classic TV Rewind Special – “Highlights of the Fred Sanford Boogie on Sanford and Son”
The show also had several running gags…..such as when angry with Lamont, Fred would often say, “You big dummy!”…..or would often fake heart attacks by putting his hand on his chest and saying (usually while looking up at the sky), “It’s the big one, I’m coming to join ya honey/Elizabeth”…..which referred to his late wife. Fred would also complain about having “arthur-itis” to get out of working by showing Lamont his cramped hand. Foxx portrayed a character who was in his 60’s, although in real life he was a decade younger.
Comedy – 1976 – Classic TV Rewind Presents – Sanford & Son Special – “Compilation of Popular Fred Sanford and Aunt Ester Scenes” – Part 1
Comedy – 1976 – Classic TV Rewind Presents – Sanford & Son Special – “Compilation of Popular Fred Sanford and Aunt Ester Scenes” – Part 2
Comedy – 1976 – Classic TV Rewind Presents – Sanford & Son Special – “Compilation of Popular Fred Sanford and Aunt Ester Scenes” – Part 3
Comedy – 1974 – Classic TV Rewind Presents – Season 3 Episode 13 – “Scene from Sanford & Son Where Aunt Ester Fights For Her Sister’s (Fred’s Wife Elizabeth) Good Name”
Comedy – 1974 – Classic TV Rewind Presents – Season 4 Episode 10 – “Scene from Sanford & Son Where Ester Calls Fred Unworthy of Her Sister”
Foxx used his starring role on Sanford and Son to help get jobs for acquaintances such as LaWanda Page, Slappy White, Gregory Sierra, Don Bexley, Beah Richards, Stymie Beard, Leroy Daniels, Ernest Mayhand and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita.
Comedy – TV Sitcom – 1973 – Sanford and Son – Season 2 Episode 12 – “Big Women’s” – With Redd Foxx & Desmond Wilson
Comedy – 1972 To 1977 – Sanford and Son Special – “Compilation of Fred G. Sanford’s Funniest Heart Attacks”
Comedy – 1972 To 1977 – Sanford and Son Special – “Compilation of The Best of Smitty and Hoppy & Swanny”
Wilson was asked whether he kept in touch with everybody from Sanford & Son, especially the series’ star himself, after the series was canceled: “No. I saw Redd Foxx once before he died, circa 1983, and I never saw him again. At the time I was playing tennis at the Malibu Racquet Club and I was approached by some producers about doing a Redd Foxx 50th Anniversary Special. I hadn’t spoken to him since 1977…..and I called the club where (Redd) was playing…..then we met at Redd’s office…..but he was less than affable…..so, I told those guys it was a bad idea…..as I never had a cross word with him. People say I’m protective of Redd Foxx in my book Second Banana….. which was Wilson’s memoir of the “Sanford” years…..as I had no animosity toward Foxx for quitting the show in 1977…..due to the fact that I had a million-dollar contract at CBS to do Baby… I’m Back!. My hurt was that he didn’t come to me about throwing the towel in…..when I found out in the hallway at NBC from a newscaster. I forgave him and I loved Redd…..but I never forgot that. The love was there. You can watch any episode and see that.”
Comedy – 1972 – Sanford and Son Season 1 Episode 3 – “Here Comes The Bride – Scene at the Church with Fred and Lamont Prior To Wedding Ceremony”
Comedy – 1972 – Sanford and Son Season 1 Episode 3 – “Here Comes The Bride – Scene at the Church with Fred and Lamont as Lamont Gets Dumped at the Alter”
Comedy – 1972 – Sanford and Son – Season 1 Episode 5 – “‘A Matter of Life and Breath’- Scene Where Lamont Brings Fred in for a Free Tuberculosis Screening at the American Lung Association’s Breathmobile”
Comedy – 1977 – Sanford and Son – Season 6 Episode 23 – “‘Fred Sings the Blues’- Scene Where After the Concert, Fred Invites B.B. King to Dine at His House, But is Soon Convinced It Was All a Big Mistake”
In 1977, Foxx left Sanford and Son after six seasons to star in a short-lived ABC variety show…..which resulted in the cancellation of the NBC series. In 1980 he was back playing Fred G. Sanford in a short-lived revival/spin-off of the original Sanford and Son called simply Sanford…..then in 1986, he returned to television in the ABC series The Redd Foxx Show…..which was canceled after 12 episodes due to low ratings. Foxx appeared as an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like character in the Star Wars special of the Donny & Marie show….. when in an homage to his show, he mentioned the planet Sanford…..which has no sun.
Comedy – 1977 – The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour – With Special Guests Slappy White & Rodney Dangerfield
Comedy – 1977 – The Redd Foxx Show – With Redd Foxx & Rosana de Soto & Pamela Segall
Comedy – 1977 – The Redd Foxx Show – With Redd Foxx & Rosana de Soto & Pamela Segall
In 1989, Foxx was featured in the film Harlem Nights, written, directed, produced and starring Eddie Murphy.
Comedy & Movie – 1989 – Clip From Movie “Harlem Nights” – Opening Scene With Richard Pryor & Redd Foxx
Comedy & Movie – 1989 – Clip From Movie “Harlem Nights” – Scene With Redd Foxx & Richard Pryor & Eddie Murphy
Foxx made a comeback with the short-lived series The Royal Family, in which he co-starred with Della Reese.
Comedy – 1991 – Live on Television – “The Royal Family” – – Season 1 Episode 1 (Pilot) – Starring Redd Foxx & Della Reese
Comedy – 1991 – Live on Television – “The Royal Family” – – Season 1 Episode 4 – “Talkin’ Baseball” – Featuring Redd Foxx & Della Reese – This Was Final Episode Aired Before Redd Foxx’s Death on The Set
At some point in the late 1970’s and/or early 1980’s, Foxx had a business on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood where car owners could have their vehicles’ roofs “velvetized”…..which was a process that added a fuzzy, velvety texture to the brougham vinyl tops of some cars of that period, especially those that were referred to at the time as “pimp-mobiles.”…..and was called “Redd Foxx’s Car Velvetizing.”
Comedy – 1983 – Live In Concert Special – “Redd Foxx: Video In A Plain Brown Wrapper”
According to People magazine, “Foxx reportedly once earned $4 million in a single year…..but depleted his fortune with a lavish lifestyle…..which was exacerbated by what he called ‘very bad management.'” Contributing to his problems were his divorces…..as Foxx spent over $150,000 awaiting his divorce from his 2nd wife Betty Jean…..which included monthly support payments of $10,000 following their separation in 1974. He also was ordered to pay $2,500 a month while awaiting divorce from 3rd wife Joi after their separation in 1979…..and then paid her a $300,000 divorce settlement in 1981. In 1983, he filed for bankruptcy with proceedings continuing at least through 1989. The IRS filed tax liens against Redd Foxx’s property for income taxes he owed for the years 1983 to 1986 totaling $755,166.21. On November 28, 1989, the IRS seized his home in Las Vegas and seven vehicles (including a 1927 Model T, a 1975 Panther J72, a 1983 Zimmer, and a Vespa motor scooter) to pay the taxes which by then had grown to $996,630, including penalties and interest. Agents also seized “$12,769 in cash and a dozen guns, including a semiautomatic pistol,”….. which was among some 300 items in total…..while reportedly leaving only Foxx’s bed……when he stated that the IRS “took my necklace and the ID bracelet off my wrist and the money out of my pocket … I was treated like I wasn’t human at all.” It has been reported that at the time of his death in 1991 Foxx owed more than $3.6 million in taxes.
Comedy – Record Album – 1980 – “Redd Foxx: Uncensored”
Redd Foxx wed four times…..with his 1st marriage was to Evelyn Killebrew in 1948 and ended in divorce in 1951…..then on July 5, 1956, Foxx married Betty Jean Harris, a showgirl and dancer…..who was a colleague of LaWanda Page (later to be Foxx’s TV rival Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son)…..when they met at a nightclub where they were appearing on the same bill. As per their agreement, Harris gave up her career in show business to become a full-time housewife…..then Foxx adopted Harris’s nine-year-old daughter Debraca….who assumed the surname “Foxx.” Harris handled most of Foxx’s business ventures such as Redd Foxx Enterprises…..which included a chain of record stores in Los Angeles…..but the couple separated in 1974 due to Foxx’s infidelity…..when after 18 years of marriage, Foxx filed for divorce on the grounds of incompatibility in May 1974. He also obtained a restraining order that prevented Harris from “removing, hiding or secreting property” from their home in Las Vegas…..plus, she had to return $110,000 that was removed from bank accounts. Foxx married his third wife Joi Yun Chi Chung at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas on December 31, 1976…..after he met Joi, who was 20 years his junior, when she was a cocktail waitress at the Las Vegas Hilton….which was shortly after her arrival from Korea. After Foxx filed for divorce in October 1979, she responded with her own divorce suit charging him with cruelty…..when during their divorce proceedings, Foxx told Jet magazine: “I’ve been married three times and I’m out.” He added: “I’d rather have kids because when I give up all this money on divorce, it should go to the children and not some guy.” Their divorce was finalized in 1981…..as Foxx paid a $300,000 divorce settlement. In July 1991, Foxx wed Kaho Cho from Seoul, South Korea….after they had met at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Despite denouncing marriage after his 3rd divorce, Foxx told Jet magazine that he married Cho because she stuck by him through his trials and tribulations with the IRS. “She saw me with a nickel. And hopefully, she will see me with a dollar. I’ll give her seventy-five cents of it,” he said. They were married at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas followed by a reception at the Hacienda Hotel.
Comedy – 2017 – Special – “How Redd Foxx Died Broke – Here’s How”
Comedy & News – 2022 – Comedy Hype News Special – “How Eddie Murphy Tried To Save Redd Foxx”
On October 11, 1991, during a break from rehearsals for The Royal Family, Foxx suffered a heart attack on the set. According to Della Reese, Foxx was chatting with a reporter from Entertainment Tonight. The scene he was supposed to be in was not ready to shoot and Foxx and Reese were practicing. In fact, Foxx had no lines in the scene at all; as Reese said, all he had to do was “walk behind the back of my chair”.
Comedy – 1974 – The Flip Wilson Show – Featuring Comedian Redd Foxx’s Stand-Up Routine
Comedy – Documentary – 2022 – Hats Off Entertainment Presents – “The History of Sanford & Son”
While Foxx was giving the interview, one of the producers entered the stage and asked where he was. Reese told him, and the producer responded by grabbing Foxx and taking him into the set, saying: “If he’s supposed to be in the scene he should be here.” Reese said that this was another in the long line of disputes Foxx had with the producers, including an instance where one claimed he could “teach [Foxx] to be funny.”
Comedy & News – 2021 – Comedy Hype News Special – As Told By Zooman Miller – “The Unknown Friendship of Redd Foxx and Malcom X”
Foxx, irate, did his scripted pass. However, he fell to the floor immediately after doing so. Reese said that nobody initially suspected anything was wrong. Foxx, after all, was famous for having Fred Sanford fake heart attacks on Sanford and Son and was particularly skilled at pratfalls. Reese went to the floor when Foxx did not immediately rise and heard him say “get my wife” twice. Reese called for paramedics, who initially pronounced Foxx dead at the scene. According to Joshua Rich at Entertainment Weekly: “It was an end so ironic that for a brief moment castmates figured Foxx–whose 1970’s TV character often faked coronaries–was kidding when he grabbed a chair and fell to the floor.”
Comedy – 1972 To 1977 – Sanford and Son Special – “Compilation of Fred’s Best Schemes Gone Awry”
Foxx was temporarily resuscitated and taken to Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Four and a half hours after admission, he again was pronounced dead. Foxx is buried at Palm Memorial Park (also known as Palm Eastern Cemetery) in Las Vegas. Foxx’s mother Mary Sanford Carson (1903–1993) outlived her son by two years. She had been lingering in and out of a coma for a few years before her death in 1993. She is buried beside him.
Comedy & Talk Shows – 1983 – Late Night With David Letterman – With Guest Comedian Redd Foxx – Plugging His New DVD “Redd Foxx in a Plain Brown Wrapper”
Comedian and actor Richard Pryor cited Redd Foxx as an influence. “He gave me inspiration and encouragement so I could be more me,” Pryor told Ebony magazine in 1990. Comedian Chris Rock also cites Redd Foxx as an influence. An episode of his show Everybody Hates Chris shows young Chris Rock overhearing his parents’ Redd Foxx albums and getting started doing stand-up by retelling the jokes at school. Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx has stated that he chose his professional surname as a tribute to Foxx. Pat Morita also named Foxx as his mentor from his early days as a nightclub comedian. Eddie Murphy has said that Redd Foxx is the most naturally funny person that he’s encountered on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Comedy – 2011 – EmmyTVLegends.org Interview Special – “Pat Morita Discusses His Mentor Redd Foxx”
In 1990, in the pilot episode of In Living Color, in reference to Foxx’s financial troubles, Foxx was portrayed by Damon Wayans, who is making a public service announcement to encourage people to pay their taxes.
Comedy & Talk Shows – 1976 – The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson – With Guest Comedian Redd Foxx – “As He Drives His Velvetized Dune Buggy On The Set”
In the 1992 Seinfeld episode The Opera, Jerry chastises George for swearing during a wedding speech, saying “You were like a Redd Foxx record.”
Comedy – 1969 – Live On Stage – Redd Foxx Stand-Up Routine
In the 1996 music video for “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” by 2Pac featuring Danny Boy, look-alikes of many deceased entertainers are revealed to be playing featuring (among others), Redd Foxx, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Florence Ballard, Sammy Davis Jr., and Louis Armstrong.
Comedy – 1978 – Live on Stage – Comedian Redd Foxx Stand-Up Routine Special – “Redd Foxx: Midget Jokes”
Comedy – Record Album Clip – 1982 – Special – “Redd Foxx Telling Animal Jokes”
Comedy – Record Album Clip – 2008 – Special – “Redd Foxx Telling Medical Jokes”
In the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Foxx is portrayed by Aries Spears….. who is shown performing a stand-up comedy routine.
Comedy – Entire Record Album – 2006 – Redd Foxx: “Redd Foxx For President: I Love Mexicans”
Comedy – Entire Record Album – 1975 – Redd Foxx: “You Gotta Wash Your Ass”
Comedy – Side 1 Record Album – 1968 – Redd Foxx: “Foxx-A-Delic”
In 2007, in the animated television series Family Guy episode “Blue Harvest,” a parody of the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Redd Foxx appears very briefly as an X-wing pilot….who when his ship is shot down he cries, “I’m coming Elizabeth!,” before dying. In addition to this, he has been parodied on Family Guy by Francis Griffin acting as Foxx’s Sanford and Son character.
Comedy – 1972 To 1977 – Sanford and Son Special – “Fred G. Sanford’s Funniest Moments”
Comedy – 2021 – Comedy Hype Special – “Why Redd Foxx Quit ‘Sanford & Son’ – Here’s Why”
Foxx was meant to be featured in the MTV show Celebrity Deathmatch, advertised as taking on Jamie Foxx in the episode “When Animals Attack.” Instead of Redd Foxx, however, Jamie Foxx fought Ray Charles. Krusty the Klown reportedly, in an early episode of The Simpsons had a heart attack on the air, in the same vein as Fred Sanford; oddly, the episode predates Foxx’s death…..which in fact was the result of heart failure.
Music & Comedy – 1946 – Special – Redd Foxx Sings “Fine Jelly Blues” – Risque Ditty When He Was 23 Years Old
Music & Comedy – 1973 – Sanford & Son Special – Redd Foxx Sings Christmas Classic “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”
In the Boondocks episode “Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy” he is portrayed as Lord Rufus Crabmiser…..who was one of Stinkmeaner’s old friends coming to kill the Freeman family. Childhood friend and Sanford & Son co-star Lawanda Page is also portrayed in the same episode as Lady Esmeralda Gripenasty.
Comedy – 1976 – The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast Of Redd Foxx – With Milton Berle + Slappy White + Don Rickles + Issaac Hayes + Steve Allen + LaWanda Page + Orson Wells + Joe Garagiola + Della Reese et al
Redd Foxx appears as a minor character in the 2009 James Ellroy novel Blood’s a Rover…..when he gives a bawdy eulogy at the wake of Scotty Bennett, a murdered rogue LAPD detective, including the line: “Scotty Bennett was fucking a porcupine. I gots to tell you motherfuckers that it was a female porcupine, so I don’t see nothing perverted in it.”
Comedy – 1946 To 1991 – Fred Sanford Photo Gallery Special – Put To Hammond B3 Organ Music Played By Jazz Great Billy Holloman
In the 1999 film Foolish starring comedian Eddie Griffin and rapper Master P, the ghost of Redd Foxx gives Griffin’s character advice from behind a stall door in a men’s restroom at a comedy club before he goes onstage to perform a show.
Comedy & Music – 1975 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred G. Sanford & Smiley Rogers In “‘Sanford and Song’ – Singing ‘LuLu’s Back In Town”‘
Comedy & Music – 1976 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred G. Sanford & Aunt Ester Singing “Down By The Old Mill Stream”
Comedy & Music – 1974 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred G. Sanford & Smiley Rogers Singing “La Ti Da, La Ti Da, Tis Autumn”
Comedy & Music – 1972 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred In The Junkyard Listening To The Radio and Singing With Bill Kenny of the Ink Spots Singing “If I Didn’t Care”
Comedy & Music – 1977 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred, Bubba, Aunt Ester, Lamont & BB King Singing “St. Louis Blues” and Playing Killer Guitar
In 2015, it was said that comedian Tracy Morgan would portray Redd Foxx in a Richard Pryor biopic starring opposite comedian Mike Epps.
Comedy & Music – 2009 – Special – Redd Foxx Photo Album – With Hammond B3 Organ Great Billy Holloman Providing Background Music
After reviewing all of the videos that I posted in this story of legendary comedian Redd Foxx…..it became quite clear to me that he was not only the undisputed King of Party Albums and comedy records…..but also The Pathfinder for the nearly the entire group comedians that comprise the list of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of all time…..cuz Redd Foxx blazed the trail that most of those awesome Laugh Makers followed…..and I mean, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinnison, Robert Klein, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock et al….. and the truth of the matter is that Redd Foxx was truly a very funny comedic genius…..who had the God given talent to make people laugh…..even though he was definitely on the raunchy side of comedy. Redd Foxx had a “balls to the wall” approach and attitude towards life…..and he didn’t want to be short-changed in any way…..while he was embodied with endearing generosity. Redd Foxx has been sorely missed by so many folks….for he had such great talent in so many ways…..while having died way to soon…..cuz even though his talent was raw and rough around the edges…..the fact remains that it was real…..and Redd Foxx was never a fake…..so, RIP…..you made the world laugh….which is a really good thing…..and you always entertained us as evidenced by the video below…..cuz Redd Foxx was an awesome actor, good singer and tremendous comedian….while being the “undisputed Pathfinder” of stand-up comedy.
Comedy & Music – 1973 – Clip from Sanford and Son – Featuring Fred Remembering His Sweet Wife Elizabeth and Singing Their Favorite Song “Easy To Love”
Comedy & Music – 1973 – Redd Foxx Special – Clip from Sanford & Son – Fred & Bowlegs (Scatman Caruthers) Perform “All Of Me”